December 22 - Adam Barker

We live in a world of deep darkness. Since day one, or rather, a little while after day seven, the effects of sin have been compounding, creating a seemingly impenetrable darkness. The Gospel of John tells us, however, that somehow an inconspicuous Jew from Nazareth called Jesus—which means “savior”—found a crack in this darkness.

“This is the verdict: light has come into the world.” 

All it takes is a crack. God is big enough to fit through the smallest crack.

Leonard Cohen said it well: There is a crack in everything / that’s how the light gets in.

We Christians live in a strange time. We believe John’s claim that the savior has come, but as we look around our world we grow skeptical of the efficacy of his saving. Surely THIS isn’t what it means to save the world? 

In Cohen’s words: You can add up the parts / you won’t have the sum / you can strike up the march / there is no drum.

Things just don’t make sense. In this strange time in which we live, during which the savior has come and is yet coming, the parts don’t always equal the sum. Thankfully, when it comes to the kind of saving Jesus is doing, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. 

But a question remains: how do we live during this illogical time?

Ring the bells that still can ring / forget your perfect offering.

In other words, acknowledge the paradox. Create beauty, embrace joy, cultivate friendship. In the words of Wendell Berry, practice resurrection. 

Because on that day when the crack bursts open and the light comes flooding in, every heart to love will come / but like a refugee.